“Let us therefore dare to use this beautiful word 'creation', not to puff up our pride or to try to stand on the same level with the creator, but rather in all meekness and caution, in order not to let this important component of our vital power go to sleep. For it is given to all of us to create…”
“To seek to create beauty is an act of love, even though this love were not directed toward anyone or even toward humanity as such; it is an act of love in itself. The act of refusing the quest for beauty, of denying or simply ignoring it, is to refuse this act of love.”
Some would see the arts as tangential to civilization and unrelated to human survival. Martin and I would beg to differ.